1886 FA Cup Final

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1886 FA Cup Final
Event 1885–86 FA Cup
Date 3 April 1886
Venue Kennington Oval, London
Referee Francis Marindin
Attendance 15,000
Replay
Date 10 April 1886
Venue Racecourse Ground, Derby
Referee Francis Marindin
Attendance 12,000
1885
1887

The 1886 FA Cup Final was contested by Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion at the Kennington Oval. The match finished goalless, Albion wanted to play extra time but Blackburn Rovers declined, meaning a replay was necessary.[1] The replay was particularly noteworthy in that it took place at Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Racecourse Ground, the first time an FA Cup Final was played outside London. The replay was won 2–0 by Blackburn Rovers, their third successive FA Cup Final victory. The goals came from James Brown and Joe Sowerbutts.

Both games were refereed by Major Francis Marindin.

Route to the final[edit]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

In the sixth round, Jem Bayliss scored Albion's first FA Cup hat-trick.

In their third season in the FA Cup, West Bromwich Albion were drawn at home in every round prior to the semi-final. In the first two rounds, they defeated Aston Unity 4–1 and Wednesbury Old Athletic 3–2. The team then received a bye to the fourth round, where they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers by a 3–1 scoreline. Old Carthusians were defeated by a single goal in the fifth round. A hat-trick from Jem Bayliss—the first by an Albion player in the FA Cup[2]—contributed to a 6–0 quarter-final victory over Old Westminsters, putting the club into the FA Cup semi-final for the first time. The semi-final took place at Aston Lower Grounds and was against one of Albion's local rivals, Small Heath Alliance. Albion won 4–0—Arthur Loach and George Woodhall each scoring twice—to become the first Midlands club to reach the FA Cup Final.[3] After the game, Small Heath supporters invaded the pitch and then pelted missiles at vehicles bound for West Bromwich, causing several injuries.[4]

West Bromwich Albion
Round Opposition Score
1st Aston Unity (h) 4–1
2nd Wednesbury Old Athletic (h) 3–2
3rd bye
4th Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 3–1
5th Old Carthusians (h) 1–0
6th Old Westminsters (h) 6–0
Semi-final Small Heath Alliance (n) 4–0


Final[edit]

Teams[edit]

Blackburn Rovers 0
GK Herby Arthur
DF Richard Turner
DF Fergus Suter
MF Joseph Heyes
MF Jimmy Forrest
MF Hugh McIntyre
FW Jimmy Douglas
FW Thomas Strachan
FW Joe Sowerbutts
FW Howard Fecitt
FW James Brown (Captain)
West Bromwich Albion 0
GK Bob Roberts
DF Harry Green
DF Harry Bell
MF Ezra Horton
MF Charlie Perry
MF George Timmins
FW George Woodhall
FW Tommy Green
FW Jem Bayliss (Captain)
FW Arthur Loach
FW George Bell

Replay[edit]

Teams[edit]

Blackburn Rovers 2 (Brown & Sowerbutts)
GK Herby Arthur
DF Richard Turner
DF Fergus Suter
MF Nat Walton
MF Jimmy Forrest
MF Hugh McIntyre
FW Jimmy Douglas
FW Thomas Strachan
FW Joe Sowerbutts Goal
FW Howard Fecitt
FW James Brown (Captain) Goal
West Bromwich Albion 0
GK Bob Roberts
DF Harry Green
DF Harry Bell
MF Ezra Horton
MF Charlie Perry
MF George Timmins
FW George Woodhall
FW Tommy Green
FW Jem Bayliss (Captain)
FW Arthur Loach
FW George Bell

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Guardian 5-4-1886 p. 7
  2. ^ Matthews (2007) pp. 392–393.
  3. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 201.
  4. ^ McOwan p. 17.
Sources